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  • How to debloat the postal bureaucracy

    Ross Marchand on July 16, 2019

    Job relocations happen every day. Except in Washington, D.C. Tempers flared when the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, announced the impending relocation of more than 500 employees to the Kansas City region, even though the move was set to save taxpayers $20 million per year without hurting the agency’s operations.

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  • Postal-Pricing Problems Cost Consumers Dearly

    Ross Marchand on June 05, 2019

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    This article originally appeared in Morning Consult on June 5, 2019.

    There is a severe problem with leadership at the U.S. Postal Service as the agency’s fiscal cracks grow wider by the day. In the second quarter of 2019, the USPS reported net losses of $2.1 billion and declining revenues nearly across the board. The one bright spot is shipping and packaging volume (up .3 percent compared to the same quarter last year), but “competitive products” revenue from items such as packages don’t nearly make up for the gargantuan drop in regular mail volume. This “bright spot” may actually exacerbate USPS’ problems unless they lift the veil of secrecy of pricing and make the rates more realistic. 
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  • On World IP Day, Return Mail Case Shows Importance of IP Protection

    Ross Marchand on April 26, 2019

    World IP Day (April 26, 2019) is a day to recognize the importance of innovators in making all lives easier and better. While the U.S. remains at the top of global intellectual property (IP) rankings, there are still serious threats to IP protection in the U.S..  Since the start of the decade, inventors have increasingly been thrown to the curb as infringers made use of the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) to render patents invalid in a “streamlined” process absent due process. Now, the federal government (via the United States Postal Service) is trying to push the system’s boundaries, arguing that it should be allowed to have patents invalidated through PTAB without legal recourse.   Like most other government agencies, the Postal Service uses the principle of “sovereign immunity” to shield itself against most legal claims. Even when the government can be sued, a different set of rules apply to agencies. If the USPS takes someone’s IP and a court finds that they’ve infringed on an invention, it’s impossible to force the agency to stop use via injunction.  The worst that can happen is a financial penalty.
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  • New Report Shows Postal Reform Within Reach

    Ross Marchand on January 31, 2019

    (This op-ed orginally appeared on Townhall.com on January 31, 2019) On January 27, the United States Postal Service (USPS) hiked up the price of First-Class Forever stamps from 50 to 55 cents, the largest percentage increase in stamp prices since the Civil War. Postal leadership hopes that these increases will help mask historic net losses - most recently, $3.9 billion in fiscal year 2018. The USPS insists that their gargantuan financial issues were caused by Congress, specifically a mandate passed in 2006 that required the agency to set aside money ahead of time for workers’ retirement obligations.  A new report by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) shows that USPS management can save more than $3.3 billion each year by curtailing waste and reforming its pricing system. TPA also demonstrates that, contrary to the USPS’ claim that it takes no taxpayer money, the agency receives more than $3.6 billion annually in tax expenditures from federal and state governments. With all of the USPS’s resources and reform opportunities, there is simply no reason for large losses to continue.

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  • Misguided Postal Reform Would Bilk Taxpayers for Billions of Dollars

    Ross Marchand on September 11, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the Daily Caller on May 3, 2018

    Through years of mismanagement and misguided priorities, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has dug itself into a deep financial hole. After posting yet another loss of $540 million for the first quarter of the year and enduring net losses for 11 straight years, USPS officials and lawmakers alike are eager to stem the bleeding. On March 22, Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced a postal reform bill that would make a number of significant changes to USPS operations and liabilities. While some reforms are promising, the heft of the legislation would open the door to further taxpayer subsidization of USPS mismanagement. Cancelling outstanding debt payments and transferring health-related retirement liabilities to Medicare would only set the stage for further taxpayer abuse.  

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  • The Postal Service & Amazon: Crony Capitalism Delivered to Your Door

    Ross Marchand on August 27, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the American Conservative on April 5, 2018.

    The United States Postal Service is deep in the red, with a dwindling list of options available to stop the bleeding. USPS officials and Congress have continually neglected to employ sound financial management, which has resulted in $15 billion in debt and more than $100 billion in unfunded liabilities for the Postal Service. Despite inept leadership, anyone bringing attention to these issues is bound to be repeatedly attacked as a corporate shill trying to harm the USPS. 
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Hill Briefing on Postal Reform

TPA hosted a hill briefing on Postal Reform, featuring Justin Sykes with Americans for Tax Reform; David Williams with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance; Kevin Kosar with the R Street Institute; Steve Pociask with the American Consumer Institute; and George Landrith with Frontiers of Freedom.

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TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E3: House Unveils USPS "Reform" Legislation

In our latest Postal Reform podcast, TPA President David Williams discusses new legislation introduced in the House aimed at "reforming" the troubled USPS. We also touch on not just TPA's concerns, but the concerns of our coalition partners as well.

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TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E2: New Postal Employee Survey & Senate Hearing on Opioids/USPS

In our second Postal Reform podcast, TPA President David Williams discusses a new survey done by the USPS looking at employee morale... and the results are troubling. Also, a brief update on a recent Senate hearing focused on drug trafficking via the USPS.

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TPA's Michi Iljazi on Comcast Newsmakers Talking Postal Service Reform

Watch TPA's Michi Iljazi talk with Comcast Newsmakers about how to reform the United States Postal Service.

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TPA's Postal Reform Podcast E1: Introducing the new website!

Listen to TPA President David Williams discuss the new USPS Reform partner website (www.postalreformforus.org) and why reforming the post office is critical!

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TPA President David Williams joins 'Capital Insider' to talk U.S. Postal Service reforms!

Watch TPA President David Williams as he joins WJLA's 'Capital Insider' to discuss much needed and long overdue reforms that the U.S. Postal Service should move on in the coming year.

TPA President David Williams joins Capital Insider to talk U.S. Postal Service reforms!

US Postal Service Holiday Video!

Taxpayers Protection Alliance wants the USPS to remain focused on their stated mission of ensuring mail is delivered and to stay away from new initiatives that infringe on the free market and will cost taxpayers!